'Wakaa the Musical has the potential to boost cultural diplomacy'

The play seeks to celebrate the diverse yet homogeneous people and culture of Nigeria.

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On the heels of Wakaa the Musical hitting the London stage, Wakaa's executive producer and Terra Kulture boss, Bolanle Austen-Peters has said the musical has great potential to boost cultural diplomacy and promote our cultural heritage abroad.

She made this known during a briefing with the press ahead of Wakaa's opening in theatres in London.

Expressing her excitement on this new move for Wakaa the Musical, Austen-Peters said:

"This is coming in response to growing interests in productions of African origin across the globe, and various calls for us to take this production to the international community. There is a large Nigerian and Afro - Caribbean population in London, who are interested and yearning to see world class productions such from Nigeria.”

The play seeks to celebrate the diverse yet homogeneous people and culture of Nigeria, which has attracted the endorsement and support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the National Pension Commission and the Bank of Industry.

It will also provide the highly talented and creative youths involved in the production with opportunities to experience the UK creative space and technology driving the UK creative industry.

Wakaa the Musical is expected to hit The Shaw theatre from July 21st through to July 25th, and will be the first time a Nigerian musical will show at London’s West End.

The musical stars Bimbo Manuel, Patrick Diabua, Nengi Adoki, Dolapo Oni, Ozzy Agu, Jolomi Amuka, amongst others.

Check out photos from the press briefing above.

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